• "The skipper glanced at his watch."
    "The skipper glanced at his watch."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v glance hit at an angle
    • v glance throw a glance at; take a brief look at "She only glanced at the paper","I only peeked--I didn't see anything interesting"
    • n glance a quick look
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Mrs. MacDougall glanced at her mother Mrs. MacDougall glanced at her mother

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At a glance, the Celsius scale makes more sense than the Fahrenheit scale for temperature measuring. But its creator, Anders Celsius, was an oddball scientist. When he first developed his scale, he made freezing 100 degrees and boiling 0 degrees, or upside down. No one dared point this out to him, so fellow scientists waited until Celsius died to change the scale.
    • Glance (Min) A name given to some sulphides, mostly dark-colored, which have a brilliant metallic luster, as the sulphide of copper, called copper glance.
    • Glance A quick cast of the eyes; a quick or a casual look; a swift survey; a glimpse. "Dart not scornful glances from those eyes."
    • Glance A sudden flash of light or splendor. "Swift as the lightning glance ."
    • Glance An incidental or passing thought or allusion. "How fleet is a glance of the mind."
    • Glance To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly. "In company I often glanced it."
    • Glance To look with a sudden, rapid cast of the eye; to snatch a momentary or hasty view. "The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
      Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven."
    • Glance To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; -- often with at. "Wherein obscurely
      Cæsar"s ambition shall be glanced at."
      "He glanced at a certain reverend doctor."
    • Glance To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle. "And all along the forum and up the sacred seat,
      His vulture eye pursued the trip of those small glancing feet."
    • Glance To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment; as, to glance the eye.
    • Glance To shoot or emit a flash of light; to shine; to flash. "From art, from nature, from the schools,
      Let random influences glance ,
      Like light in many a shivered lance,
      That breaks about the dappled pools."
    • Glance To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside. ”Your arrow hath glanced”. "On me the curse aslope Glanced on the ground."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glance A sudden shoot of light or splendor; a transient gleam.
    • n glance A sudden look; a rapid or momentary view or directing of the eye; a sudden and brief turning of the attention toward something.
    • n glance A brief incidental notice; a passing reference: as, a rapid glance at the remote cause of an event.
    • n glance A sudden change of direction of the motion of a projectile or other moving body, due to contact with a deflecting surface; deflected motion.
    • n glance In mining and mineralogy, the English equivalent of the German glanz, a term used by German miners to designate various ores possessing that peculiar luster and color which indicate that they are metalliferous combinations. Such are bleiglanz (galena, a sulphuret of lead), eisenglanz (hematite, specular iron ore, a sesquioxid of iron), and many others. A sharp line cannot be drawn between glanz and kies as used by German miners. The equivalent of the latter in English is pyrites: as, iron pyrites, copper pyrites, etc. This word is in common use among both scientific men and miners; but the word glance as the equivalent of glanz is less frequently heard, although by no means obsolete, since copper-glance, antimony-glance, and other similar names are met with occasionally.
    • glance To shoot or dart a ray or rays of light or splendor; emit flashes or coruscations of light; flash.
    • glance To appear and disappear rapidly, like a gleam of light; be visible for an instant.
    • glance To look with a sudden rapid directing of the vision; snatch a momentary or hasty view.
    • glance To make an incidental or passing reflection or allusion; hint; advert briefly.
    • glance To be deflected and move off in an oblique direction; move obliquely.
    • glance To cause to shoot or dart, as a ray of light; reflect, as a gleam.
    • glance To direct rapidly and for a moment, as the eye or the attention.
    • glance To suggest; hint.
    • n glance In railroading, an incline or shoot made of timber, erected on a mountainside and designed to cause snow which slides down the mountain to glance or turn aside from the track.
    • n glance In cricket, a stroke by which, instead of being hit, the ball is allowed to strike the bat and to be deflected from it, usually to the leg side; a glide.
    • glance In metal-working, to polish very highly; burnish; planish.
    • glance In cricket, to allow (the ball) to meet the bat and to be deflected from it, usually to the leg side.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Glance glans a sudden shoot of light: a darting of the eye: a momentary view: a term applied to minerals exhibiting a pseudo-metallic lustre
    • v.i Glance to dart a ray of light or splendour: to snatch a momentary view: to fly off obliquely: to make a passing allusion
    • v.t Glance to dart suddenly or obliquely: to hint
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  • Alphonse De Lamartine
    “If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.”
  • Harriet Martineau
    “Any one must see at a glance that if men and women marry those whom they do not love, they must love those whom they do not marry.”
  • Jean Rostand
    “I think I am one of those who can manage not to take on a completely different appearance under their own glance.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Our spontaneous action is always the best. You cannot, with your best deliberation and heed, come so close to any question as your spontaneous glance shall bring you.”
  • Ogden Nash
    “And one of his partners asked Has he vertigo? and the other glanced out and down and said Oh no, only about ten feet more.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to D. glans, luster, brightness, G. glanz, Sw. glans, D. glands, brightness, glimpse. Cf. Gleen Glint Glitter, and Glance a mineral


In literature:

It was for the conscious superiority of her glance that she was hated.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
He held the light up, and glanced round the room; then came softly to the bed, and glanced down at Stanley.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Lane glanced up the road.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
A bushman slouching past with his roll of blankets slung across his back, glanced round at the waggon and continued his way to the hotel.
"The Rider of Waroona" by Firth Scott
Then the girl glanced at the man who had unobtrusively managed to find a place close beside her.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Tossing the match into the stove, he met Pop Daggett's glance.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
Sally glanced up at him with a little nod.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
A fourth spur to my curiosity was found in the fact, that the lady in passing had eyed me with a glance of more than ordinary inquisitiveness.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
He handed the telegrams to her without a word, and she glanced them through.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
With a glance, I had comprehended the situation: indeed, at the first glance I understood it perfectly.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Ah me! upon another's breast
Those golden locks recline;
I see upon another rest
The glance that once was mine.
"The Knight of St. John" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The rapture of a moment
Came suddenly to me;
With softened glance he asked me,
'Could you learn to think of me?'
"First Love" by Nora Pembroke
But prouder grew her glance
And sterner grew her mien,
As westward still she wandered
To Rhone and Loire and Seine.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
We saw the river glancing
Beneath the planet's light,
Its ripples seemed, while dancing,
To mock the gloom of night.
"Near Yonder Banks At Even" by James Avis Bartley
There is the smile most fair to see,
Which wreathes the modest glance
Of spotless maiden purity;
The smile of innocence.
"Smiles." by Alfred Castner King
Tis meeting in the ball-room,
'Tis whirling in the dance;
'Tis something hid beneath the lid,
More than a simple glance.
"What Is Flirtation?" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

But glance up in almost any aisle and you'll find Litin's most impressive collection: its piñatas.
At first glance, it surely appears so.
MENLO PARK, Calif — Silicon Valley, where engineers in khakis write software code, might not at first glance have much to do with the world of rap music, where artists in sagging pants write irreverent lyrics.
At first glance, this announcement may not seem to be newsworthy, as many pets die each day.
Glancing at all the style guides, watching your favorite character on TV is always inspirational when you seek new styles.
At first glance, it doesn't look like a clock.
At first glance, it might look as if NBC has caught the public-television bug.
At first glance the Arizona Wildcats' three-point loss to Oregon State is merely the balancing out of the early-season upset of Oklahoma State.
Baby diaries serve as loving – and sarcastic – glance at the past.
Men and women are sacrificed at your glance.
Standing inside the massive hold of the whaling ship Charles W Morgan last week, Quentin Snediker glanced at the thick framing one last time before it was covered with planks.
At a glance, it's obvious that the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, published in the fall to worldwide lexicographic acclaim, took a lot of work.
A stolen glance across a crowded room.
A glance at the clock.
At first glance, Kate Kae Myers' debut novel automatically reminded me of the ABC Family series "The Lying Game," and as it turns out, it was quite similar.

In science:

At the first glance the latter seems to be more reasonable while the PSN behaviour is puzzling since it is common wisdom that random field decreases Tc .
Phase diagram of mixed system of ferroelectric relaxors in the random field theory framework
From the first glance only few parabolic subgroups are Moore–Penrose.
Moore-Penrose inverse, parabolic subgroups, and Jordan pairs
At first glance, it may seem that the limit we are considering here is difficult to analyze from the IIA point of view.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
At first glance, they may be incompatible, but we will show that indeed they are compatible.
Optimal Conclusive Discrimination of Two Non-orthogonal Pure Product Multipartite States Locally
D ′ 2 makes sense, but at the first glance (1.12) should depend on t. [∇′ , τ ] = 0, The admitted perturbations then must be τ –compatible, i.e. [τ , X ·′ ]+ = 0.
Relative Zeta Functions, Determinants, Torsion, Index Theorems and Invariants for Open Manifolds